Guinea’s ruling junta has ordered new charges to be brought against former president Alpha Condé, whom it overthrew in a coup d’état in 2021, for alleged acts of “treason”, a letter from the justice minister to the Conakry public prosecutor said on Tuesday.
It was gathered that Conde, Guinea’s first democratically elected leader, was removed from office in September 2021 by an elite army unit led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya. The coup came after he sought to extend his decade-long tenure with a third term in office and violently suppressed protests against the election bid.
However, the military leaders have since launched a litany of judicial probes into Conde, including for alleged corruption, assassination, torture, kidnapping and rape.
The latest probe, ordered on Monday, will look into “alleged acts of treason, criminal conspiracy and complicity in the illicit possession of arms and ammunition”, according to a letter from Wright to the public prosecutor in Guinea’s capital of Conakry.
The letter alleges Conde, who now lives in exile in Turkey, had acquired weapons and ammunition, without providing details.
Guinea is one of several West and Central African states to have undergone a coup in recent years. Gabon, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have all seen at least one coup each since 2020.
Guinea’s military leaders have vowed to transition the country back to civilian rule by 2026.